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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 April 2015

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

We'll be back on Friday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

'A stressful day'

BBC Radio Oxford

More than 88% of children have been given their first choice of primary school in Oxfordshire today, but the head teacher of

Windmill School in Headington told us that some parents would be disappointed.

Head teacher Lynn Knapp at Windmill Primary School

Lynn Knapp said: "We're picking up on the fact that there are children that have got siblings already in our school who haven't got places for their next child, so it's been a stressful day for quite a lot of our families."

'A tragic case'

The death of Liberty Baker has been described as a "tragic case" by Thames Valley Police.

Liberty Baker

Speaking after Robert Blackwell was

jailed for four years for causing death by dangerous driving, PC Sandra Terry said: "On the morning of Monday 30 June Liberty was looking forward to another day at school. Sadly her life was cut short due to the dangerous driving of Blackwell."

'Many thanks'

BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford received an email from this grateful visitor to Oxford:

"Could you give a shout out to all the people who helped me when I fell over at the junction of High St, Queens Road and Aldgate at around 1pm today.

"There were several people who stayed with me until the ambulance came and although I am pretty sure I said thank you to them at the time, I would really appreciate it if you could also say thank you to them on the radio. I didn't need to go to hospital, and am now back home in Reading.

"Many thanks."

Cloud increasing

Kawser Quamer

Presenter, BBC Weather

Some clear skies, but there will be cloud to the north of our region

with the slim chance of a shower this evening.

Kawser Quamer

Temperatures will hold up at around 7C (45F) overnight.

Cooking up a storm

Come Dine With Me

tweets: People of Oxford! We're looking for hosts for the new series filming, June 1st-5th. Email for details

Gas oven

Greenbelt review put in long grass

BBC Radio Oxford

A review of Oxford's greenbelt has been dealt a blow after one of the participating questioned the study.

Building site

All of Oxfordshire's district councils, the city council and the county council had been involved in reconsidering the land as a possible site for new homes.

South Oxfordshire District Council's leader John Cotton
told Nick Piercey about his objections: "We think its not the first place you should be looking to put new housing, in fact greenbelt is one of the strongest protections in planning terms so we're saying 'hang on a moment this isn't the right way of doing it'."

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man in Banbury.

Jubilee Court in Banbury

It's after a man in his 20s was found stabbed at a flat in the town this morning.

Police and forensic officers have spent the day at the property in Jubilee Court.

Join me for the full story at


News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

"Oxfordshire needs more new schools" says the headteacher of one of the largest primaries in the county.

I'll have the full story at


Cornbury acts announced

The headline acts set to perform at

Cornbury Music Festival this summer have been announced.

The Oxfordshire blues band

kingB will take to the Riverside Stage on the Saturday night.

The Jacques will be entertaining crowds on the Friday evening, while local performers
The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band will draw proceedings to a close on the Sunday.

The festival is on from 10 to 12 July.

Medal for Brown Owl

Henley Standard

A woman who ran a Henley brownies pack for almost 30 years has been

posthumously awarded the town medal.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A four-year prison sentence has been given to a teenage driver who killed a schoolgirl when his car mounted the pavement in Witney.

I'll have the latest on that at


Pitching in

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United's boss wants improvements at the Kassam Stadium on and off the pitch next season - indeed he wants the pitch itself to improve.

Northampton Town

Tuesday night's

draw against Northampton gave United the point they needed to secure their League Two status, but the match was halted in the first half for emergency repairs to a goalmouth where rugby posts are erected for London Welsh rugby games.

He said: "I'd be in favour of anything to improve the atmosphere, and a fourth stand could help improve the state of the pitch."

Teen burglaries

Bicester Advertiser

Almost one in seven burglaries recorded by Thames Valley Police

were by under 18s, statistics reveal.

BreakingLiberty Baker death driver sentenced

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

The driver who

knocked down and killed a 14-year-old school girl in Witney has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Robert Blackwell

Robert Blackwell, 19, from Weald near Bampton, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Liberty Baker by dangerous driving.

He has also been disqualified from driving for five years.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two people have been arrested after a man in his 20s was murdered in Banbury.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines at


Security cycle

TVP Banbury

tweets: Bring your bikes today for security marking were here until 3pm on Bretch Hill

Police marking a bike

Murder scene

Brennan Nicholls

BBC South Today

I'm covering the murder of a man in his 20s in Banbury for BBC South Today. This was the scene at Jubilee Court this afternoon.

Jubilee Court in Banbury

You can watch my report on

South Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Liberty Baker driver to be sentenced

A driver who

knocked down and killed a 14-year-old school girl in Witney will be sentenced this afternoon.

Liberty Baker

Liberty Baker was hit when a car mounted the pavement on Curbridge Road, while she was walking to school last June.

The driver, 19-year-old Robert Blackwell from Weald near Bampton, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A 19-year-old driver who caused the death of schoolgirl Liberty Baker when his car mounted the pavement in Witney will be sentenced later.

I'll have all the details at


Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: A recruitment agency is paying eastern European workers to phone home and persuade others to join them.


Many of the parties in the election are saying there should be less immigration from eastern Europe - but the Swindon recruitment agency says that without more migrant workers from Romania and Bulgaria, they simply can't fill the jobs.

Join Caroline Richardson at


Arts remedy

The Old Fire Station has organised a debate between artists, arts managers, social entrepreneurs and members of the Arts Council about how arts organisations can balance the need to be inclusive and affordable, improve wellbeing and rely less on public money.

The Old Fire Station Oxford

The director of arts at the Old Fire Station, Jeremy Stafford, told

BBC Radio Oxford that it is a complex problem.

He said: "It's how you get that balance between being an effective business and try and do something that makes people's lives better at the same time. It's really tricky but also really exciting."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found with stab wounds in a house in Banbury.

Join me for the full story at


100 years of the WI

Lilley Mitchell

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford


Women's Institute (WI) is celebrating its centenary year with a baton relay, visiting all of its 69 Federations.

WI baton

It arrived in Oxfordshire yesterday and I, along with about 50 WI members, saw it at the Diamond Light Source near Didcot.

'No acceptable school'

As thousands of families across Oxfordshire

discover which primary school their children will attend, some parents will be disappointed that they do not receive their preferred choice.

Emma Gilmour's daughter missed out on her top three choices.


told BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham: "For us it's inaccessible and it's not possible with our support network to pick-up and drop-off our child. So at the moment we don't have an acceptable school allocated to us that will allows us to remain part of Chilton community."

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Social networking app developers need to do more to safeguard the privacy of young people according to the NSPCC, after reports that a social networking app has been being used by adults to groom children in South Oxfordshire.

Join me for the full story at


Banbury murder arrests

Two people have been

arrested on suspicion of murder after a man in his twenties was found with stab wounds in a house in Banbury.

Det Supt Chris Ward, from Thames Valley Police said: "This is not believed to be a random incident. We are currently at the very early stages of this investigation and are in process of determining the exact circumstances which led to the victim's death."

A woman, 26, and a man, 22, both from Banbury, have been arrested in connection with this incident.

'Very positive result'

A large increase in the number of applications for primary school places has resulted in a slightly fewer children receiving their first preferred school in Oxfordshire.



county council has been able to allocate first-preference places to 88.04% of children (down from 89.09% last year), but did manage to grant top choice places to an an additional 335 children.

Deputy director for education Rebecca Matthews said: "Oxfordshire has a strong record in being able to offer first-preference places to the overwhelming majority of children, and this is once again a very positive result following a big increase in applications this year."

On air

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The BBC2 show

Dragon's Den has been recruiting, and they've found a dragon in South Oxfordshire!

Sarah Willingham

Sarah Willingham, a global restaurant entrepreneur, serial business investor and leading consumer expert, will be telling me about joining the other millionaires in the den.

Listen live


News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Almost nine out of 10 Oxfordshire children due to start primary school in September have been offered a place at their first preference school, according to the council.

Join me for that and more at


Blenheim antiques exhibition

Banbury Cake


treasure trove of rare antiques will go on display at Blenheim Palace today.

'So excited'

via Facebook

Thousands of children in Oxfordshire find out today if they have got into their first choice of primary school and

BBC Radio Oxford wants to know how you got on.

Parents and children

You can share your story on our

Facebook page.

Melissa Denham has already

posted: I'm so excited - can't wait to get my letter he's such a big boy now.

Abingdon river death latest

A woman accused of murder has told a court her boyfriend walked onto the knife she was holding while on a boat in Abingdon.

Police tape at scene

Robert Dobinson from Faringdon died from his injuries - his girlfriend, 41-year-old

Natasha Elderfield, denies the charge.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Problems in the arts sector are being discussed in Oxford today.

Join me for more on that and all the headlines at